10 (Tue) Feb 2015
Calamares a la Plancha con Alioli
at Casa Armas
Casa Armas is a Spanish restaurant. Located on Nakpil Street, on the corner of Bocabo. No additional info.
Upon arrival, the place was packed to capacity. While featured in Lonely Planet but not ranked very high on TripAdvisor (69 of 776 restaurants in Manila), I couldn’t tell whether the crowds comprised tourists (bad) or locals/expats (good). In any case, I was quite excited, the first time that I’d had to wait in line at a restaurant in Malate, other than at fast food joints.
The food was solid. Nothing stood out in particular, but the Calamares a la Plancha con Alioli seemed indicative of what the restaurant would have to offer overall: the fresh squid suggested quality ingredients with quick turnover; and the proper balance of seasoning in such a naked dish suggested a capable chef with a delicate hand; not dazzling, but way good enough.
I may consider eating my way through the restaurant….